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Ben Carson Fans Seek To Use Government To Force Religion On You

This warning comes from the National Committee To Draft Ben Carson, the dominant organization preparing for Ben Carson’s 2016 presidential campaign: “We have to understand that Freedom of Religion must never be allowed to be a mandate for Freedom from Religion.”

Let’s be clear about what this policy position means: Ben Carson’s supporters want to […]

Can Feeling Younger Really Cause Older People To Live Longer?

The results of a study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, have received a good deal of attention online. The research found that elderly people who reported feeling younger than their actual chronological age had a greater rate of survival in the period before a 99-month follow-up than their peers […]

Pagans Pause

Doing a bit of research into the wyrd path this morning, I came across a blog called the Well of Mimir. It’s a great name, but, “The Well of Mímir will be going on an indefinite hiatus. Please check back in the next year for more content.”

Undaunted, I found another blog called The Pantheist […]

Niche Magazines For The Elites

I was walking through the airport this weekend, wrapping up a long business trip, when I spotted a pile of magazines available for people to read. On the top of the pile was one called Millionaire Asia: India Edition.

The featured headline on the cover was Great Power, Great Responsibility, followed by Party […]

Was Einstein Right About Global Civilization?

Princeton University has released a website called Digital Einstein, containing many writings by Albert Einstein that were previously unknown by the general public. Among these is a Manifesto To The Europeans, which begins with the declaration that, “technology and traffic clearly drive us toward a factual recognition of international relations, and thus toward a common […]

Honesty In A Politician: Roger Jewell For President

It is often said that there’s no such thing as an honest politician. Anyone who says this has, however, never heard of Republican presidential candidate Roger Jewell.

While other presidential candidates talk about their great personalities and impressive experience, Roger Jewell talks about his flaws. He doesn’t do this just as a quick mea […]

Merry Krampusnacht 2014 – And The War On Krampusnacht

Tonight is Krampusnacht, the night when the wild hairy trickster of Yule goes cavorting around in the darkest shadows of the year.

They’re Krampusing in Chicago, and in Bloomington, too. Hell, they’re even putting on horns in Charlotte.

Graveyard Dirt writes, “Krampus is often described as a spirit of Christmas, but in truth, the character […]

Why Orion?

In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew […]

Richard III Society Members Aren’t Descended From Richard III After All

By all accounts, Richard III of England was a nasty piece of work. It’s generally agreed that he had his own nephews killed so that he could become king himself.

There are some in England, however, who seek to rehabilitate the reputation of Richard III, saying that he really wasn’t as bad as people made […]

Time Warner Cable Bullies Trying To Get Even Bigger

I have just spent the last 45 minutes trying to get a Time Warner Cable customer service agent to remove cable television from the services that I pay for. I use the telephone, and I use the internet connection that we get from Time Warner, but I just don’t watch television. Nobody in my family […]

Irregular Math Gets Queasy

I was doing some research on a problem in algebra early this morning, and one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I was looking at a paper presented at the American Mathematical Society in 1972 with the purpose “to show that a complete, convex, externally convex metric space is generalized euclidean if […]